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Ven. Dhammika's review of Buddha to Jesus

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Ven. Dhammika's review of Buddha to Jesus

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Feb 20, 2009 8:32 pm

has written a book review of From Buddha to Jesus an Insiders view of Christianity and Buddhism.



Apparently the author of that book takes a very critical and ignorant view of Buddhism to writing. Fortunately, Ven. Dhammika wrote that great review to counter it.
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Re: Ven. Dhammika's review of Buddha to Jesus

Postby mikenz66 » Fri Feb 20, 2009 9:11 pm

Thanks TheDhamma for pointing that out. The attitude that missionary Christians have in Asia is scary...

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Re: Ven. Dhammika's review of Buddha to Jesus

Postby kc2dpt » Fri Feb 20, 2009 9:39 pm

If you think his review is good then it would behoove you to mark it as helpful so others will be inclined to read it.
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Re: Ven. Dhammika's review of Buddha to Jesus

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Fri Feb 20, 2009 9:44 pm

I disagree. Ven Dhammika's review is very poor — it is far too long for a start. To be frank, it is hardly any better than a rant. Not that the book doesn't deserve to be criticised, but if it is so bad I wonder why Ven Dhammika even bothered?
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Re: Ven. Dhammika's review of Buddha to Jesus

Postby mikenz66 » Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:02 pm

Greetings Venerable,

I agree that it is much too long, and will probably have little impact on Christian readers. Perhaps an "exective summary" would have been helpful...

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Re: Ven. Dhammika's review of Buddha to Jesus

Postby Tex » Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:27 pm

Agreed on the length, I skimmed the second half of it. I thought he demonstrated how the author didn't know what he was talking about quite well. I'm sure it won't make much difference to the Christians, but at least non-biased readers won't be led astray if they read that review.
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Re: Ven. Dhammika's review of Buddha to Jesus

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The best things in life aren't things.


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The best things in life aren't things.


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Postby Cittasanto » Sat Feb 21, 2009 1:16 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Ven. Dhammika's review of Buddha to Jesus

Postby jcsuperstar » Sat Feb 21, 2009 11:10 pm

that is the longest review ever....
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Re: Ven. Dhammika's review of Buddha to Jesus

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:24 am

:lol: Yes, it is pretty long. Four out of four people have marked it as a good review or at least 'helpful.' Excellent.
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Re: Ven. Dhammika's review of Buddha to Jesus

Postby Individual » Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:28 pm

Cioccolanti has created a series of pages attacking Dhammika:
http://buddhabook.org/bookblog/?page_id=2
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Re: Ven. Dhammika's review of Buddha to Jesus

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"To reach beyond fear and danger we must sharpen and widen our vision. We have to pierce through the deceptions that lull us into a comfortable complacency, to take a straight look down into the depths of our existence, without turning away uneasily or running after distractions." -- Bhikkhu Bodhi

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Re: Ven. Dhammika's review of Buddha to Jesus

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:46 pm

Cioccolanti goes on a real rant against Ven. Dhammika! I have not read all of Cioccolanti's rant yet, but see some serious flaws already in his arguments:

1. Evolution does not say that there is spontaneous generation! That was a theory around the time of Darwin that was quickly dismissed. Pasteur showed that you need life to make life. Evolution focuses on natural selection and changes in the gene pool. Evolution rejects spontaneous generation.

2. I don't know much about this Law of information Cioccolanti refers to, but the major driving force is natural selection, not the additions to genomes.

3. What are these "other equally compelling factors" Cioccolanti refers to? The example he uses supports that changes are random and not directed, therefore, no "divine" influence.

And then he has the audacity to claim that he knows more about science than Ven. Dhammika. Cioccolanti is a creationist for Christ-Buddha's sake!?
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Re: Ven. Dhammika's review of Buddha to Jesus

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The best things in life aren't things.


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Re: Ven. Dhammika's review of Buddha to Jesus

Postby Wu-Wei » Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:25 am

Hmmmm ... something smells "fishy" ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashtamangala

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Re: Ven. Dhammika's review of Buddha to Jesus

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"Once you understand anatta, then the burden of life is gone. You’ll be at peace with the world. When we see beyond self, we no longer cling to happiness and we can truly be happy."


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